Wednesday, September 3, 2008

BlackBerry + Squeezebox



Seems that I'm not the only one having this crazy idea. The implementation would be tough, though - not necessarily from the technology point of view, but rather from accessibility and security point of view.

Accessibility

Providers are on a lockdown for a long time now - at least, most of your well known ports (HTTP, SMTP, SNMP, you name it) are closed, at most, you don't even have a public IP address. This represents an extra step necessary in the setup procedure - which is going to kill off 50% of your potential users (okay, 10% since it's Squeezebox we're talking about).

Security

Gone are the times of world readable finger(1) access. Passwords are not too good either. Transport encryption is a must. PKI is looming.

It would be interesting to watch this application being written. Might try this myself, just for the fun of it.

Update: And of course, it's not only BlackBerry + Squeezebox, it's also iPhone + Squeezebox, Android + Squeezebox, and, in general ${mobile-device} + ${appliance}... Here's a good example: OpenRemote. And of course, we'll have the platform wars all over again...

2 comments:

  1. Regarding your update:
    Of course, using the web interface does work for every mobile, but native apps are even more comfortable and much faster.

    I don't know if a native app for Blackberry exists, but I can recommend these SqueezeBox native apps for Android/iPhone:

    SqueezeCommander for Android: http://sqcmdr.flattermann.net

    iPeng for iPhone: http://www.penguinlovesmusic.de

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  2. For BB users...in the Server settings under "Interface" then under "Web Interface" pick "Light" and the Blackberry UI is MUCH easier to use. Still needs improvements but beats the thick GUI of the "Default" interface.

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